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K-State announces clear bag policy for next school year

By The Mercury

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite guest entry into venues, K-State Athletics will implement — beginning in 2016-17 for all ticketed events — the NFL clear bag policy that many other collegiate programs and professional leagues have already adopted, the department announced Monday.

“Fan experience and the safety of our guests is a top priority of K-State Athletics,” K-State athletic director John Currie said in a release. “World events continue to shape the methods utilized for venue security, and we are instituting this policy to enhance public safety and make overall venue access more efficient.”

Guests will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package or container into the venue:

• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”

• One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

• Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (4.5” x 6.5”), with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags.

• An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.

To assist with the transition to this new policy, football season ticket holders will receive one approved clear plastic bag per account when their season tickets are mailed in August.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, diaper bags, seat cushions and chairbacks with pockets and zippers, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

Guests will continue to be able to enjoy their tailgate activities in the parking lots. They also will continue to be able to carry items allowed into the venue, such as binoculars, cameras, and smart phones.

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